Why Sulaiman Abu Ghaith Should Be Tried in Federal Court
Dear friends and supporters,
If you have the time, please look at "Abu Ghaith and All Terror Suspects Should Be Tried in Federal Courts
," an article by "Close Guantánamo" steering committee member Andy Worthington, in which Andy supports the decision to prosecute alleged Al-Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, recently extradited from Jordan, in New York, in a federal court.
The article was published today as part of U.S. News & World Report's "Debate Club
," and if you like it, please vote for it (click on the "up" arrow just below the heading).
There are seven articles in total in the debate, comprising a variety of viewpoints, and it is important that those who advocate military commissions, military custody, sending Abu Ghaith to Guantánamo and/or subjecting him to torture are voted down in the debate, as their poisonous opinions are groundless and damaging to all notions of justice.
As Andy points out, terrorism is a crime, and federal courts are the correct venue for trying crimes. The military commission system -- which should never have been revived by the Bush administration -- is a broken, discredited system that is not fit for purpose, and the suggestion, by lawmakers including Mitch McConnell, that Abu Ghaith should be sent to Guantánamo, where he can be "fulsomely and continuously interrogated," is a disgrace.
Federal courts are problematical for anyone accused of crimes related to terrorism, because disproportionate sentences are common, and acquittals almost non-existent, which, statistically, indicates a dangerous lack of objectivity when terrorism is invoked in relation to Muslims. However, it is time of the military commission system to be brought to an end.
In the article, Andy also takes the opportunity to blame President Obama for not closing Guantánamo, as he promised, and to urge him to find the courage to push for the release of the 86 cleared prisoners who are still held. In in the case of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, however, he concludes that President Obama had made the right call.
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